Spring is here. Looking for ways to have a good time locally? We've got ideas.

Whether you're hosting out-of-towners or just looking for fun, Florida's best county has endless options.

1 - Take a hike

The weather is warm year-round in Hillsborough County, so head outdoors and soak in that sunshine with friends and family.

From springs to forests to skate parks, Hillsborough County has conservation parks, preserves, and neighborhood parks that offer opportunities to exercise, relax, and observe nature.

If you're looking to cool off, checkout one of the area's splash pads. Crocodile Cove, Hillsborough's newest aquatic playground, includes sensory play equipment that is inclusive and engaging for people of all physical abilities.

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2 - Hit the sand

The Tampa Bay area is known for its beautiful blue water and pristine beaches that can be enjoyed from sunrise to sunset. At Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, you can bask on a 2 acre stretch of sand. The park is great for hiking, bird watching, and picnics. Bring your four-legged friends along for the ultimate family experience.

Manatees, which frequent Florida waters, are prevalent this time of the year at the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. The animals forage on aquatic plants and grow to an average length of 10 feet and can weigh up to 1,200 pounds. In addition to watching manatees, visitors at the Appollo Beach Manatee Viewing Center can see and lightly touch cownose rays.

3 - Sail the high seas

Looking for adventures on the water? Take a boat ride and explore the county's coasts.

With more than a dozen boat launch ramps, Hillsborough County has you covered. The launches at Edward Medard Conservation Park, Riverview Civic Center, Harney Park, and Baker Creek are favorites among freshwater enthusiasts. The boat ramps at Cockroach Bay, E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, Williams Park, Salty Sol Fleishman, and Courtney Campbell are perfect for anyone looking to get off-shore.

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No boat? No problem! Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at several County parks. Try a leisurely paddle or go on an adventure on the small rapids of Hillsborough County rivers, creeks, and waterways.

4 - Get your arts and culture fix

Hillsborough County has a rich arts scene, with plenty to see, do, and experience. If you need a break from the sun, head over to the Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts , or Tampa Bay History Center.

There's also plenty of theatre , dance performances, and live music to enjoy. The county has enough exhibits and shows to keep you entertained through spring and beyond.

5 - Lounge and relax

Want to take it easy? Curl up on the couch with a good book or check out a fun movie from Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. A library card is your pass to a variety of experiences and activities. They're free for Hillsborough County residents.

No matter what your interests are, Hillsborough County has plenty of entertaining options to celebrate spring.

Image Caption: In addition to watching manatees, visitors at the Apollo Beach Manatee Viewing Center can see and lightly touch cownose rays.
Posted: 3/19/2024, 4:50:03 PM